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First 25 man. Shiny BC times.

This was easy and hard at the same time. Easy because I knew exactly which moment it was, hard because I, as you know, like to add pictures to my blog posts, and in this case that meant digging into the screenshots on my old computer. It has been gathering dust in my storage room for the last nine months, but more important, last time I tried turning it on all I got was a disk crash followed by a blue screen and a loud noise. Made me so frightened that I unplugged the whole thing and ignored it. Untill now.

Determined to rescue my screenshot I managed to run a disk repair from safe mode and fixed everything, go me! Only took me 2 hours, 1 red bull,  7 sneezes (Dust. Loads of it) and 756 webpages googled (I now know what Chkdsk is! How amazing is that!).

I found my 440 Mb of WoW screenshots which are now nicely stored on my new computer. The picture above is taken from my very first 25 man raid. It was March 2008, I had a brand new appartement, computer and a guild, all in one week. My hunter skills were not really very developed, and I have to admit, I had no idea what rl meant when he kept telling me to md. Huh? Finally found it in my spell book and proudly cast it on the shadow priest. Wasn’t asked to do it much after that. I freaked out big-time when I was told to range tank one of the adds on Maulgar fight, luckily my fellow hunter, the lovely Solsikke guided me through it and together we ranged tanked as pros.

Gruul himself was also one-shotted, he even had t4 legs for me. I fell in love with the concept of 25 raiding after this night and have been ever since.

Speaking of memories, on old computer I found loads of things I forgot I had. Music, pictures, documents. Even a file with imported files from the computer I had even before that one, some of them went 10 years back. Was indeed a walk down memory lane, some good, some bad. But in either way they made me feel kinda good. Things might not have gone exactly the way I planned and I haven’t accomplished all the things I thought I would, but I am usually happy and laugh more than I cry. Way more!

Lost and found on old hard drives

 


…in WoW, of course!

My first day in WoW was a lazy Sunday in November 2006. In all honesty, I had already tried it earlier, but only for 5 minutes and it didn’t catch my interest at that time. Then my brother told me he had started playing, and I thought I could give it a second chance. He told me he played on Bronzebeard, so I chose the same realm. My boyfriend back then was a game journalist in a major newspaper, so he got me a copy of the game for free. He also advised me to choose a hunter, since I was “into pets and all”. Well, have to give him right on that one, hunter worked out great.

Liloo and Zelma. One of my first screenshots

Picking race was easier. Fa-, uh sorry, big-boned dorf with power thighs, or long-legged amazon nelf? I was shallow and chose the attractive one. Name was not too hard either. Me, being big Luc Besson fan, one of my favourite movies is Fifth Element. I can’t help myself from saying “chicken, goooood!” every time I eat it and struggle to resist saying “big bada boom” when I hear a loud sound. And, if I am traveling, of course I have to say “Lilo mutlipass. Multipaaaass” while flashing my passport. If you haven’t seen Fifth Element, you have no idea what I am talking about and would probably think I was being very annoying (Although, if you have seen it and do get the point, you’d probably find it annoying anyway). Back to point, good movie, main character named Leeloo. I chose Liloo, and the sexiest smexiest hunter of Azeroth was born.

Multipass!

WoW was my first mmo, means I had no basic knowledge of how to move, jump or what to do in general. I zoomed and tilted my camera up to max so all I could see was the sky, and needed help to make it right. I got stuck in a tree, fell down from a cliff and got lost in a lake. My boyfriend tried helping me, telling me to use WASD keys, which didn’t work for me at all.  I gave him a hard time, asking tons of questions but most of the times refusing to listen. “How hard can it be? Just talk to the quest giver!” “Guest liver? What are you talking about?! Come and show me on my screen!” To keep the peace, I decided to ask my brother instead. These are some of the things he, my brother the wise mentor, taught me:

  • Horde lives in Kalimdor. Alliance lives in Eastern Kingdom. Night elves are stuck on an island in between. Possibly forever.
  • If a player or npc has “??” above its head, means it’s horde.
  • The hearthstone is a rare drop, you are lucky if you get it.
  • A pvp server is a server where you can kill anything or anyone, even players of your own faction. A pve server is a server where you can only kill the opposite one.

Thank you, Chris! 😛 For keeping me in the dark and adding new dimensions to the word “noob”. That being said, my own ideas and assumptions were a lot worse. I thought I couldn’t wear mail since I was female (yeah, english knowledge not always up to date). I had a spirit off-hand and killed all the sheep (critters) I saw in attempt to farm wool cloth. To mention a few things. Still, WoW has never felt more magic or exciting. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I have ever since. Do you remember your first time in WoW?


Screenshot around the time I started blogging. Seems long ago.

Pretty easy one. I was living in Sweden and struggled finding a job there. I applied to several part-time jobs I was more than qualified for. Jobs I would probably never have considered in Norway, with the risk of sounding arrogant. But it is a face that while Norway has a unemployment rate on about on 3 % while Sweden is getting close to 10%. So I couldn’t really be picky, but was pretty much same all over; the language barrier.  Anyway, point is, I had a lot of time on my hands. I didn’t want to lose track of what happened in my country, so I read the online newspapers several times a day. When I had nothing more to read, I read Norwegian blogs for entertainment, while playing with screenshots from WoW in Photoshop. I thought it would be fun to combine these interests, and that was it, really.

I’d really like one of these

I had no idea how to put up a blog, but didn’t like any of the pre-maid templates, so I spent 3 weeks reading about Css and Html and how to edit it. I am no expert at it now, but I do know the basics and the codes are no longer meaningless numbers and letters.

I think I made a bad desition about blogging in Norwegian, didn’t really interest many people. But I got to know some other Norwegian bloggers, like Syrco, Lunaire and of course my wonderful Tom. With all the time I had, I tried writing every day, which became harder when I finally got a job. After pretty exact one year of blogging, I started to write in English (with various feedback, I must admit), and started looking for a new blog platform. Didn’t really fit in on blogg.no, where 90 % of all the blogs are 16 year olds writing about  shimmery eyeshadow.

I didn’t expect many people to read my blog, and I don’t think I have to worry about traffic crash anytime soon, but the visitor numbers have been decent, and I get every happy when I get a comment. It’s like, wow, someone actually read this and took time to say something about it too *happydance*! I could be better on commenting on other people’s blogs though, so that’s my next project.

I have never considered quit blogging, although I sometimes have weeks between my posts. I think it’s really fun to write about wow,  but if had quit playing today, I would without doubt continue writing, just make a more personal blog. Which wont happen, not yet anyway. 🙂



Dragonstalker Helm

I’ve always been a girly girl. I loved to play with dolls, style them, dress them, make them pretty. I couldn’t wait til I was old enough for wearing lipstick and nail polish, practiced by putting it on myself with varied results.  Nowadays, I still love makeup and am a huge fan of accessories, have a large collection of handbags, belts, hair stuff and jewellery. This is something I’ve applied to game. I collect dresses and costumes, and have major bank space issues storing it all. Only sad thing is shoes, really. No matter how stylish they are, on me, hoof girl, they end up looking like leg warmers. Only bad thing about being a draenei.

I was a very happy panda the day barbers were introduced. So far, I have spent 448 gold in the barber shop, mostly by changing my hair. Different instance may require different hairstyle! Right…? In comparison, 316 gold spend on respecs and 426 gold on travel.I wish they could even more hairstyles into game, more jewellery, tattoos, marks, everything to pimp your toon!

I love shiny armor, but there’s one thing I am really curious about. The Blizz helmet designers  -what’s going on in there? Are they all high on mushrooms? Are they just slacking? Or do they simply have a really, really strange taste when it comes to headwear?

Mist of the helmets seem to go under one of these categories:

 

 

Dead Animals: Blizz wants us to wear cadavers on our heads. Specially heads of wolves, fishes and birds. They love the “a head on top of a head” idea, the weirder the better.. Definitely very speculative. Not very shiny.

 

Nutty Professor: If it’s not a bird, is it a plane? An antenna? If your head was a magnet, and you were to dive into a scrapyard, the result would be a very average Blizzard helmet. Rotating objects, blinking buttons and twisted metal parts. Very bling bling, sort of shiny yes, but in the wrong way.

 

 

Simply Fugly: Helmets that would be too scary even for the spookiest Halloween party. Teeth, bones, stitches, creepy details. Very Hannibal Lecter inspired. Not shiny in any way.

 

 

 

There are some helmets that look nice, of course. Most of them are the ones that don’t really look like helmets, more like headbands, hoods or tiaras. Sadly, these are most common while leveling, at end game level it’s back to the horror show. It might be just me of course, but in 95 % of the times, the headpieces are a big no no. Thank god for hide helmet option 😀

Your helmet – shown or not?

 

Other helmets you might not want to wear on the first date:


Favourite NPC and why?

Moo. Kaja.

Very tricky one for me, this one. I am not a big fan of questing, so I hardly notice the NPC’s, even less read the actual quest. However, there is one npc that I like more than the others, and that’s because she has a special name. She is a weapon vendor in Ogrimmar and her her name happens to be the name of a person I trust, admire and love so much; my sister. She has been object of my adoration for 20 years and 9 months, which is impressing considering she is only 20 years old. I remember very well the day I was told about the new family member, and even no one at that point knew it was going to be a her, in my mind she was already a she. I used to sing to her before she had developed her ears, telling her about all the things we were going to do when she arrived.

My diary the day she was born

After months of anticipation she was finally born a rainy day in June. She was the prettiest baby ever, with lots of dark hair, big, dark eyes and golden skin. I brought my mum flowers picked from syringa tree in the garden, and still remember the smell of them, the rain and the newborn baby, all at once.

While my brothers and I could fight and argue, she was my living doll to be watched after, I loved changing her diapers, helping out with her baths and play with her. My friends thought she was the most adorable baby sister ever, I couldn’t agree more.

Somewhere, from being a baby, a child and a stubborn teenager she somehow became one of best friends. I feel really close to her, and I don’t think there’s anyone else that got me wrapped around her little finger like her. Even when she mindlessly, at dinner table years ago, burst out with the fact that she saw me smoking outside school and got me in lots of trouble, it was hard to be angry with her. She tends to get into the strangest situations, and even though she sometimes drives me crazy, not to mention she seems to believe I am a personal taxi driver / caterer / bank, I’d gladly do anything for her. We have been on holidays together, shared stories and secrets, and I am so glad that she is…well, that she is just her.

So yes, my favourite npc is the lucky tauren that happens to carry my sister’s name; Kaja.


Happy new year! One of the things I’d like to do more of in 2011 is write more here, so when I came over a “20 days of World of Warcraft Challenge” at Specced for Drama, I decided to grab the opportunity. Since I am not raiding yet, I haven’t had that much to write about, there’s a limit for how much you can write about heroic runs and leveling archeology.

Anyway, first question of the challenge is:

Favourite class and why?

Shaman! Hmm not much thinking required for me here. My blog is called ShammyLove for a reason. So, why a shaman? My first toon was a hunter. Then I made my lock. My shaman was created right after BC release, but it wasnt before I reached level 70 that I actually appreciated it. After starting to heal in heroics, then in raids, I also learned how to play. Well, more or less.I can honestly say, shaman is the class I  find the most fun. Why?

Versatility

Whatever you prefer the most, throwing electrical lighting bolts and burning masses of lava at safe range, smashing multiple mobs with heavy maces or go crazy with the big heals, playing a shaman gives you all these options. So far, I’m more or less using the same gear in resto as I am in elemental, and it’s nice to be able to go from healer to facemelter within seconds. In Burning Crusade the shaman was mostly about raid healing, chainheal, chainheal, and some more chainheal, but a shaman makes an excellent tank healer as well nowadays. So ok, we can’t tank (anymore. We used to have a taunt, looong ago, did you know?), but we can do everything else, and we do it with style!

Uniqueness

Ok, not as much as before, when shaman was a horde-only class, and maybe even less after dwarves now can be shamans too (pfft!). 8 % of WoW players play a shaman, so we are on bottom of class choice together with warlock and rogue. But still, our spells are quite unique, and a mystery to the ones outside our exclusive club. Leveling a shaman is not faceroll, sometimes it can be a pain even, but the end result is worth it.

Shinies

To start with: There. Can. Never. Be. Enough. Totems. A shaman feels naked without her / his totems, and need to make sure to always keep them up. Before Cataclysm, when paladins used PallyPower to make sure every class got their right buff, every boss fight usually started with off with someone moaning about might, or kings, or wisdom, or, more likely, all of them. Funnily enough, people very rarely moan about missing a totem. Whether this is because shamans are so pro that they would never forget putting them up, or because non-shamans don’t really notice or know which totems they would benefit from, I don’t know. I’m guessing the last.

Just when you thought he was out…he pulls himself back in! Yes, shamans are the only class able to resurrect itself apart from the warlock’s soulstone ofc, but that’s not half as shiny as dying, popping up and nervously hoping no one noticed that you went down in the first place. Very cool. Very shiny.

There’s no place like home: If you are like me and tend to forget bringing something, no need for despair, Astral Recall makes sure you can get home every 15 minute or so. Glyph it and together with heartstone and guild achievement for reduced cooldown on that, and you will never, ever need to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Wooo, Heroism (fine, Bloodlust if you prefer); no reason to even try explaining why this is a shiny. Makes everyone ecstatic. Nuff said.

Other shinies: communication with the spirit world, popping huge flame or earth guys, transforming into wolves, cure magic and curses, enter trances that boosts our abilities.

Crash, Boom, Bang

All the three shaman specs in Cataclysm are so far pretty great to play, sure, the average resto shaman may struggle with mana and can’t afford non-stop casting like before, but we still manage. And both elemental and enhancement shamans are able to do really well dps-wise. We can take our knowledge into Cata and proudly continue to make mobs fear us and fellow party members envy our awesomeness.

So you wanna play a shaman?

Great! What you should remember is that you’ll need to learn your spells and rotation, there’s no press one button – watch the big numbers thing. You also need to have knowledge about other classes, like putting up a strength of earth totem is no use if there’s a dk with his horn in the party, and that the paladin’s blessing of might gives you an opportunity to use your healing stream. You’ll also need to communicate with other shamans in the group to make sure you get maximum out of tour totems.

Like a wise once shaman said, paladins may have their light, but shamans sure ride the lighting! What is YOUR favourite class, and why?

Ps. Passing this challenge on to Tom! 😀